What you need to know
- EU competition chief Margrethe Vestager has warned Apple not to shield behind privacy and security amid pending antitrust laws.
- She claimed that customers would not give up security or privacy if they used other app stores or had sideloading.
- Apple has vehemently denied this in the past, claiming sideloading would totally compromise iOS.
The EU's competition chief has warned that Apple should not use privacy and security as a shield against the competition, fighting back against the company's recent efforts to lobby against sideloading and alternative app stores on iOS.
In an interview Vestager said that she shared the concerns of Apple regarding security and privacy, stating "I think privacy and security is of paramount importance to everyone", however she claims that this would not be compromised by sideloading on iOS or alternative app stores:
Vestager further hinted however that she was "open to changes in her proposal" and that she thought it was "possible to find a solution to this", and that she didn't have any problems with Apple's recent privacy changes.
The reasoning behind Vestager's comments wasn't reported, but in recent weeks Apple has fervently defended against the prospect of sideloading and alternative app stores, stating it would compromise iOS security, leading to much more malware targeting the platform. You can read the full report of Apple's rebuttal against sideloading here.
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Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.
Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple. Follow him on Twitter @stephenwarwick9